Capgemini Consulting buys innovation expert Fahrenheit 212

22 February 2016 Consultancy.uk

Capgemini Consulting has acquired innovation process development company Fahrenheit 212. Through the deal the consultancy will bolt-on the acquisition to augment its digital innovation capabilities in the US and UK, with for Fahrenheit 212 the deal will provide it access to an international network of clients and operations.

Fahrenheit 212 was founded in New York in 2006. The company supports companies through the innovation process, leveraging their expertise in innovation to drive sustainable, profitable growth. From its bases in New York and London the company is active across a range of industries, including companies such as Adidas, American express, Coca-Cola Company and Samsung. Fahrenheit 212’s capabilities spans strategy, idea development, research, branding and design.

The acquisition of Fahrenheit 212 by Capgemini provides the professional services firm with expanded capabilities for Capgemini Consulting, the group’s global strategy and transformation consulting arm. The new unit will be bolted on to its consulting unit, with the new capabilities allowing the advisor to rapidly define new products, services and experiences for clients. For Fahrenheit 212, the deal will provide the company with unfettered access to Capgemini’s global network of Applied Innovation Exchanges, as well as provide it the ability to leverage Capgemini’s international implementation strengths.

The motivation for the addition of Fahrenheit 212, according to Cyril Garcia, CEO of Capgemini Consulting, is based on their shared view of the future of innovation and the inclusion of digital. "Together with Fahrenheit 212, we’ll bring additional value and innovation to our clients and expand our innovation solutions into new industries that are undergoing digital disruption,” he explains.

Todd Rovak, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Fahrenheit 212, believes the deal will allow the company to leap frog its competitive set, providing its innovation model for developing new products and services to a much wider client base. “The ability to combine innovation strategy and transformational thinking with enterprise-level implementation on a global scale is now a client mandate. Capgemini’s deep technology capabilities, resources and client relationships will steepen our trajectory and accelerate our pace in ways that would take us years on our own.”

Rovak also highlights the win-win he sees for the firm’s roughly 60 employees. “Our people are excited to strengthen and broaden our approach to innovation consulting in dynamic new ways, helping us continue to attract and develop innovation’s top practitioners.”

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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”